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How much will it cost?

The amount you pay will depend both on your circumstances and the course you are enrolling on.
The full cost of your course will be the course’s tuition fees, its examination fees and a college registration fee, where this applies.
For some courses you will also be required to pay additional supplementary fees for example for materials.
The following is for guidance only and your particular circumstances will be explored at interview

Tuition Fees
For 16-18 year olds
If you are aged 16-18 years old as at 31 August 2018 you will not have to pay tuition fees for government funded courses.

Aged 19 and over
You will not have to pay tuition fees for government funded courses if:

  • You are over 19, unemployed and in receipt of ‘active’ state benefits:
  • Income and contribution based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Work-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • You are an asylum seeker in receipt of active benefit.
  • You are aged between 19-23, a UK citizen living in England or Wales and do not have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs at grades A-C, Level 2 Diploma or equivalent) and are enrolling on a level 1 or full level 2 course.
  • Y ou are aged between 19-23, a UK citizen living in England or Wales and enrolling on your first full level 3 qualification.

Aged 19 and over
Loans are available if you are aged 19 and above and want to gain a full Level 3 qualification. Find out more here

Please note:

  • You will not be allowed to enrol without bringing with you current documents confirming evidence of your ‘active’ benefits. Documents dated more than 3 months prior to enrolment cannot be submitted as evidence.
  • A full review of funding methodology for adult learners is underway and tuition fees are likely to be affected as a result. This is subject to annual revision and is given only as a guideline.

Government funding entitlement reductions mean that we can no longer offer an automatic fee waiver if you receive Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Disability Allowance or Incapacity Benefit or if you are the unwaged dependant of someone on benefit whether ‘active’ or ‘inactive’. If you are unable to pay the full tuition fees the College may be able to offer some support from our Discretionary Learner Support Funds but this will depend on individual cases of hardship.

Please contact the Admissions team if you wish to be considered for a discretionary discount learner support fund.

Once fully enrolled tuition fees are not refundable.

Registration and Examination Fees
Major registration fees for all Further Education students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are paid by the College. All students aged 19 and over (except those exempt from tuition fees) are required to pay registration fees. Registration fees are payable in full at enrolment and may be subject to change by the awarding bodies. Examination fees vary according to the qualification and the price as set by the exam’s awarding body.

Registration fees and tuition fees paid at enrolment are not refundable.

Fee-Status Assessment
When you come in to enrol you will be assessed as to what fee you will have to pay and whether you meet criteria for waived tuition and examination fees. If you would like advice about whether you might be entitled to any waived fees, please speak to one of our Admissions staff. If you find you are not entitled to any waived fees but think you might be eligible for possible financial assistance to help pay for your course please speak to one of our Admissions staff.

Material and consumable fees:
In some cases the College makes an extra equipment/consumable charge when the student has the opportunity during the course to take work or plants away. This will apply to all students regardless of their fee assessment.

Material/consumable fees paid at enrolment are not refundable.

EU Students
Students from European Union member states pay tuition fees as charged to UK residents. However, please note that tuition fee waivers do not apply to EU students.

Overseas Students
Overseas students are those who have not been resident in the UK or another EU country for the three years prior to the start of the course. The College is licensed by the Home Office to sponsor visa applications from eligible students. Please note that renewed student visas do not meet the criteria of ‘normally resident’. Proof of funding for living expenses as well as course expenses needs to be provided. There is an annually agreed tuition fee for overseas students. For the year 2015-2016 this will be £11,185. Please note that tuition fee waivers do not apply to overseas students and overseas students cannot apply for bursaries from the College’s Discretionary Learner Support Funds.

The £40 deposit on registration fees for adults is not returnable.

It will however be refunded should your chosen course not run or should any change to its timing, day of the week or location be inconvenient for an individual.

The College reserves the right to cancel any course in the unlikely event of low recruitment or retention. If a suitable alternative course cannot be identified; the deposit of £40 paid will be refunded.

Course and Fee Changes
Known changes to tuition fees for 19+ students have been included in this prospectus and on the College’s website
Further fee increases (reflecting withdrawal in whole or part of a national contribution) may be introduced when the impact of changes in government support and priorities is known. Changes will be made on the website as details become available.

Help with finances

Grants and Loans
The College administers Discretionary Learner Support Funds provided by the government to support Further Education students’ financial needs. This can help to pay for accommodation, travel, books, equipment and child care. The Admissions team can provide further information and application forms for all support funds.

Career Development Loans
Career Development Loans may also be available for those students who have received Local Education Authority support in the past. For detailed advice on Career Development Loans follow the Education and Learning link on

Advanced Learning Loans
If you are aged 19 or above and want to gain a full Level 3 qualification to help your career, progress onto higher education or expand existing skills: there is a new government scheme to help you financially. The loans are not means tested or credit checked and anyone who meets the criteria can apply; whether they’re employed or unemployed. Repayments don’t start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000. You can find out more and apply online at